"Some facts in life are immutable. One is, trust no-one who uses the word 'trope'."
British writer and actor born in 1966, Mark Gatiss is a Darlington
man best known for three things:
Gatiss is a long-time big Doctor Who
fan, to put it mildly; he has written for eight of the Doctors, wrote and acted in three official approved spoofs and contributed to seven Big Finish Doctor Who
audios. Topping all of that though are his writing credits for the television show proper; "The Unquiet Dead"
for Nine, "The Idiot's Lantern"
for Ten and "Victory of the Daleks"
, "Night Terrors"
", "Cold War"
and "The Crimson Horror"
for Eleven; and "Robot of Sherwood"
He provided an uncredited voice for a space spitfire pilot in "Victory of the Daleks" and "A Good Man Goes to War"
, as well as other roles in "The Lazarus Experiment"
and "The Wedding of River Song"
(the latter under a pseudonym and heavy prosthetics), making him the only
person to write and
appear in the Doctor Who
TV series no less than four times.
And as if that wasn't enough, he's also the first person to play both
the Doctor (in "The Web of Caves", a comedy spoof) and the Master (in "Sympathy for the Devil"
, a Big Finish What If?
He appeared in a live version
of The Quatermass Experiment
in 2005 with David Tennant
. During a break in rehearsals, Tennant whispered to him that he was the new Doctor that Gatiss would write "The Idiot's Lantern" for.
Also appears in the fourth and fifth series of Horrible Histories
, along with fellow League of Gentlemen
stars Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton.
He is also one of the two creators of Sherlock
, and plays the character of Mycroft Holmes.
He appears briefly in season four of Game of Thrones
, playing Braavosi banker Tycho Nestoris.
Aside from fiction, he also wrote and presented the BBC documentary A History of Horror
detailing the genesis and evolution of horror films over the last century.
Outside of television, he's the author of a series of Two-Fisted Tales
-style detective novels, starring Loveable Rogue
spy Lucifer Box. It's been described as "Sherlock Holmes meets Flashman
in the Temple of Doom
His partner is actor Ian Hallard, who (of course) has appeared in Doctor Who
and also in the Gallifrey
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